Donald "Keith" Montgomery, LcSW, LCDC
I can write this 10 times or 100 times and each one will be slightly different. This is due to the fact that I, you, we, all are in a constant process of change in every moment. As a conscious human being I seek some certainty from myself, others and the universe. What I receive most often is vastly different than what I imagined or hoped for. What to do? How do I quiet the anxious depression, sense of meaninglessness, and loss of desired happiness and peace?
Viktor Frankl once said "Everything can be taken from a man/woman, but one thing; the last of the human freedoms...to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." For me this is the freedom to choose the attitude I will have with myself, toward others, with life.
Over two decades ago I went to my first counseling session in desperation, lost, without hope. I told the counselor "once you know me the way I know me, you will hate me too.”
Dark? Yes. Scary? Definitely for me. In that session I was listened to, treated with respect and invited to return if I wanted to. That has made all the difference in my life since then. Willingness to take one's self on for the journey of aware, compassionate and rigorously honest living has changed everything and the path opens up every day to new possibilities.
This thing called life is an all too brief experience. One day my journey in this body will end. How have I spent my days? In doubt, worry, anxiety and depression or taking the chance each day to live as fully as I am willing to? I can walk toward the hopeful speck of light or I can allow the darkness to smother me. I choose to walk together with others who also feel the need, the desire to walk, toward possibility, change, hope, light and life, until I can walk no more.
Using a neurobiological understanding of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, I specialize working with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and recovery, trauma, and family of origin issues. Join me in your journey and together we may discover the very thing you seek has been within you all along. Like it has been for me.
If you want your life to be different, something is required of you. Any place, any time is the entry point. Showing up for yourself is important. With loving-kindness, compassion, experiential truth and commitment to your journey, your daily path of living, and your life will change.
If you would like to have a new experience with yourself and are willing to change anything that no longer works for you then call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 155. I will call you back within 24 hours. You can also fill out an appointment request on the Get Started page. Become your own best advocate for living well.
In my spare time I enjoy creating art, taking photographs, listening to blues music and sitting quietly in meditation.